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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffgarthus1 Date: Jun 10, 2014 10:42pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: The Corliss Group Latest Tech Review: ‘RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN'

Grace,

Forget About The End Of History; We Are Seeing The End Of Rationality:

Regarding the Recent Decision by the EU to require Google to Censor or Change Facts and Information under searches.

This is typical of the levels to which our society and Cultures have degenerated into. When facts can be culled, changed, or altered at the whim of anyone, what is the value of news or any information which is maintained in a database? All the more do I long for the day when I and others who value truth can leave this planet before it descends into one big mass of narcissistic, arrogant, lying, greedy, slothful, and unthinking individuals, with ear-buds attached to their heads. Do these people really think that by changing the record they are changing themselves in others eyes? They have no concept of what is really of value. Without truthful and accurate information all systems will break down. This will only make it easier for the parasites, con-men, and liars whose numbers are increasing exponentially. Intelligent people who value the truth will just have to figure out new defenses … or may be we should just help the system along by filling it with even more crap so it will collapse faster. Is this what these people really want … I do not think that they understand exactly what they will get. “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it”.

Garthus 11 June 2014

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffMonte B Cowboy Date: Jun 11, 2014 11:06am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: The Corliss Group Latest Tech Review: ‘RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN'

"We are seeing the end of rationality. This is typical of the levels to which our society and Cultures have degenerated into. When facts can be culled, changed, or altered at the whim of anyone, what is the value of news or any information which is maintained in a database?"

How about the way "the news-reporting facts" are being disseminated and reported?

Tweeting is NOT journalism. Making a smartphone call is NOT journalism. Exchanging an email is NOT journalism. Taping or filming media content is NOT journalism. Talking is NOT journalism. Sitting in front of an HDTV camera, in a professionally-engineered studio, and reading from a teleprompter is NOT journalism. Playing YouTube clips in a video studio is NOT journalism. These are things that journalists do daily. Billions of other people are also doing these things daily! There is a HUGE difference between "journalists" reporting the news and "other people" reporting the news.

Journalism is "the activity or profession of writing for newspapers or magazines or of broadcasting news on radio or television." - oxford dictionary

Here in Colorado, our best universities have eviscerated their journalism curriculum(s). What's left of it is: how to tweet; how to blog; how to make a video, how to edit a video, and how to upload a video to youtube; etc.

The question is, how will we contextualize and square things without a real "consensus of the facts and their meanings" (what professional journalism used to provide us), while at the same time, scientists, scholars, and teachers are being demonized in the news media, and whistleblowers are being arrested?

We have a complete corporate takeover of our analog and digital media, our airwaves, our newspapers, and our news outlets. This is very dangerous. Today, each of us has a Google prompt on our screens, and we are expected to enter the search terms in order to get the news and info we want and need. Remember, the search results you will get depends upon your cookies' metadata, your gmail account and its content, and your search habits on Google and YouTube, etc. This means most of us will get different results from the exact same Google searches; the News is different for each of us; it's not repeatable, so it's not science. It's snake oil.

What are young people going to do to sort all this poop out? Good Luck, Game Over!

Is The Archive's Wayback Machine going to be sued? Will it get culled and edited for the sake of historical makeovers?

Can you survive on 22 seconds of News Broadcasting per day?

Bill Moyers: "How did it happen? How did we sell what belonged to everyone?"

Marty Kaplan: "Part of it is the nexus of media, money, and special interest politics. The citizens have given the airwaves to the station. We own the electromagnetic spectrum and for free we give out licenses to television stations. Those stations, in turn, use that spectrum to get enormous amounts of money from special interests and from members of Congress in order to send these ads back to us to influence us. So we lose it in both ways. The other day, the president of CBS, Les Moonves, was reported by "Bloomberg" to have said "Super PACs may be bad for America, but they're … good for CBS." I mean, there it is. This is a windfall every election season, which seems not to even stop ever, for the broadcast industry. So not only are they raking it in, they're also creating a toxic environment for civic discourse.

People don't hear about issues. They hear these negative charges, which only turn them off more. The more negative stuff you hear, the less interested you are in going out to vote. And so they're being turned off, the stations are raking it in, and the people who are chortling all the way to Washington and the bank are the ones who get to keep their hands on the levers of power. So one of the big reasons that things are at the pass they are is that the founders never could have anticipated that a small group of people, a financial enterprise and the technology could create this environment in which facts, truth, accountability, that stuff just isn't entertaining. So because it's not entertaining, because the stations think it's ratings poison, they don't cover it on the news."

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffgarthus1 Date: Jun 11, 2014 11:22am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: The Corliss Group Latest Tech Review: ‘RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN'

Monte,

Well said ... nothing further to add.

Gerry